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Mellor St Mary CE Primary School

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Design and Technology

Key Stage 1


Pupils should explore and develop purposeful, practical skills in design and technology, taking advantage of local opportunities and the expertise of teachers.
Pupils should be taught the basic principles of balanced eating and where food comes from, and should be encouraged to develop an interest in cooking.
Through working in fields selected from those listed in the introduction (materials (including textiles), horticulture, electricals and electronics, construction, and mechanics), pupils should be taught to:

  •  perform simple, useful, practical tasks (for instance, making products for a purpose using a basic range of tools and materials, and techniques such as cutting, forming and joining)
  • explore different materials, and become familiar with their properties and uses
  • communicate ideas simply, such as through drawing, jottings, modelling in 2-D and 3-D and, where appropriate, using information and communication technology to record the development of their designs
  • appreciate the need for good design by evaluating a range of design and designers.


Key Stage 2
Pupils should develop their skills and the safe use of tools and equipment by undertaking a range of practical tasks, such as making products, maintenance or cooking. They should increase their experience in different areas of design and technology, including through learning about local crafts or industries. They should understand how to use constructive feedback to improve what they design and make. Pupils should be taught about key historical developments in design and technology.
Pupils should be taught about the major components of a balanced diet and how ingredients can be combined to prepare healthy meals. They should be taught basic cooking techniques and how to cook a variety of savoury dishes. In meeting these requirements, schools without access to a teaching kitchen, nearby kitchen or mobile kitchen may have to adapt the dishes and techniques they teach accordingly to the facilities available.
Through working in fields selected from those listed in the introduction (materials (including textiles), horticulture, electricals and electronics, construction, and mechanics), pupils should be taught to:

  • use safely and increasingly effectively a wider range of tools, equipment and materials with increasing skill to make products that are fit for purpose
  •  develop and use straightforward practical, maintenance and repair skills
  • extend their skills to communicate their ideas visually in 2-D and 3-D, including through using information and communication technology
  •  use constructive comments from others to improve their work
  •  understand key events and turning points in design and technology, such as the Industrial Revolution, and how they have shaped the world we live in.
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